During the Easter Holidays I spent two weeks at Santa Linya with Anak Verhoeven and her parents. My dad came over for the second week. We had a great time. We enjoyed climbing there. The rock was softer than in Oliana, so my shoes were less ruined. All the footholds were very slippery, but the handholds were good. Santa Linya is a very big, beautiful cave. It is situated in a valley and the road to the cave is flat, so it isn’t tiring at all to walk all the way up there.
On the rest days, we usually went to the lake. We had very nice weather for swimming. Each time we came back, we could feel that the water had been heating up day by day.
The first week, I only climbed one 8a, Cada uno por su lada. After not having climbed for two weeks during the Christmas holidays, I still had to work my way up again, which went very slowly.
Anak climbed two 8c routes and Loïc Timmermans finally sent his first 9a, so I needed my dad to cheer me up again. After celebrating Loïc’s birthday with balloons that we attached to his brand-new car, it started to get better.
Finally, I sent Irak Attack 8a+, Trió Ternura 8a, and I onsighted Energia Positiva 7c+. I also repeated my feat from last year by sending my second 8b route, but this time even with a +: Rollito Sharma 8b/8b+. Rollito Sharma was a very nice route, comparable to Klimax style with dynamic movements, some good rest places, foot hooks, mm, it really was my style. Antoine Kaufmann, Loïc’s climbing partner also sent this route.
At the crack we met some paragliders who offered to take us in the air for a couple of hours. As you already can imagine, we couldn’t resist their offer.